Thursday, July 14, 2011

Barry's Court Castle, Ireland

We've arrived safely in Ireland! Getting here was somewhat a series of unfortunate events, but we made it! We took a 2:45am(!) ferry over to The Republic of Ireland from Wales and after we arrived I just couldn't stay awake! While I snoozed in the car, Brian found his way to Barry's Court Castle, somewhere he'd visited as a missionary. I had no idea we were going there and we had an amazing time! It was seriously the best Castle experience ever, and free too, which is always a plus. 
This is Robin, our amazing tour guide. 
This is the entrance. Most of the castle is from the 15/1600s when it was originally built.
Brian using the facilities...
Apparently a 2 seater toilet was a luxury back then. A 3 seater was extra posh (they had one of these in an upstairs room).  The toilet rooms were unisex too, which surprised me. 
Can you guess what this is...?
It's a 17th century refrigerator. They used to hang a wet cloth (the red you can see) inside a ventilated cupboard. Pretty smart, I'd say.
Brian & I in the Lord & Lady's seats! My chair was wider at the bottom to allow for my large flowing gown. Unfortunately I'd left mine at home, but it was still fun.

Any guesses what this is? It's a baby walker! I didn't know they had these back then. I'm guessing the babies just rested their armpits on the top wooden ring. Not as fun as the comfy seats with toys attached, but maybe more motivation to walk I suppose.

Brian and I having fun on the grounds.
The Tea room where we bought juice :) Very cute inside: Teacups, lace table cloths and homemade cakes!
I think the reason it stands out more than any other historical site is that it was completely restored to it's former glory. And not just from the 18th or 19th centuries (like most of the castles I've toured) but restored back to how they lived in the 1500s. Robin knew so much about it and I feel I've really learned something.Very cool.

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